Hemp Peanut Butter Cookies

Flourless Hemp Peanut Butter Cookies

Sweet, scrumptious, delectable, mouth watering, I can’t believe they are healthy cookies. That is what I should have called these cookies. My “Flourless Hemp Peanut Butter Cookies” were my own little secret until I started to take them on the road with me to offer others. The word is out! One bite and you will be hooked. Not a bad thing when each bite is a healthy does of protein and fibre.

Hemp seeds are my favorite food and I use them as my multi-vitamin because they contain so many vital nutrients the body requires. These nutrients include protein, essential fatty acids, fibre, iron, vitamin E and so much more. Just add a few tablespoons to every meal you eat and enjoy a boost to your health.

Ingredients
1 cup of hemp seeds
1/4 cup raw cane sugar
2 organic eggs
1 cup all natural peanut butter
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup organic chocolate chips

How to Prepare
Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl. Spoon out small ball size portions and flatten onto parchment paper with a fork. Cook in oven at 350 until golden brown, 10-15 minutes. So tasty and so nutritious, even kids love them!

Flourless Hemp Peanut Butter Cookies

 

Ingredients:
1 cup of hemp seeds
1/4 cup raw cane sugar
2 organic eggs
1 cup all natural peanut butter
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup organic chocolate chips

Method:
Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl. Spoon out small ball size portions and flatten onto parchment paper with a fork. Cook in oven at 350 until golden brown, 10-15 minutes. So tasty and so nutritious, even kids love them!

Enjoy 

The Power Of Hemp Seeds

The Power Of Hemp Seeds

Did you know that hemp seeds are one of the most nutritional and highest/most digestible protein sources that exist?

And the best part? It tastes amazing!

I know what you’re thinking. Either, come on dude, you’re just a hippy who likes to get high and eat at the same time; hemp seed just kills two birds with one stone. Or, c’mon dude, shut up and pass it.

Well hear me out happening hipster, because hemp seeds might just end up blowing your traditional diet right out of the cosmos. First, hemp seeds will not get you high. Industrial hemp itself contains extremely little THC (.05% – 1%), the compound that destroys food pantries and makes CSPAN hilarious. Most commercial hemp products, like Nutiva brand hemp seeds, contain no THC at all. As a comparison, ‘marijuana’ has a THC content of somewhere between 3% and 20% (depending on if your dealer is James Franco or your cousin’s smelly roommate). Although marijuana and hemp are both cannabis plants, they are only relatives. To say they are the same is like saying a grey hound and a shih tzu are the same dog. The bottom line is that no matter how much hemp seeds you pour down your gullet, it won’t make you high, just healthy.

And speaking of health, hemp seeds are downright full of it! Hemp seeds are one of the most nutritionally beneficial substances known to man.

Here is a list of what makes hemp seeds so great, from an article in Body Ecology:

Hemp seeds contain:

* All 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce.
* A high protein percentage of the simple proteins that strengthen immunity and fend off toxins.
* Eating hemp seeds in any form could aid, if not heal, people suffering from immune deficiency diseases. This conclusion is supported by the fact that hemp seed has been used to treat nutritional deficiencies brought on by tuberculosis, a severe nutrition blocking disease that causes the body to waste away.
* Nature’s highest botanical source of essential fatty acid, with more essential fatty acid than flax or any other nut or seed oil.
* A perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 Linoleic Acid and Omega-3 Linolenic Acid – for cardiovascular health and general strengthening of the immune system.
* A superior vegetarian source of protein considered easily digestible.
* A rich source of phytonutrients, the disease-protective element of plants with benefits protecting your immunity, bloodstream, tissues, cells, skin, organs and mitochondria.
* The richest known source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids.

And guess what? It gets better!

Hemp seeds are 25% protien, second only to soy in the plant kingdom. The reason hemp is preferred over soy is because soy contains a high amount of phytic acid, an anti-nutrient that prevents your body from absorbing certain minerals. Hemp seeds contain NO phytic acid! (phytic acid is actually a really interesting compound. It has a great amount of health benefits and detriments, and is a source of controversy regarding its proper level of intake in my own mind. For more information take a look at Healthy Eating Politic’s article on Phytic Acid.)

Furthermore, hemp seeds contain vitamin E, phytosterols (cancer fighting), fiber, magnesium, iron, zinc, and potassium.

This article has even more amazing information. It states that because hemp protein is 65% globulin edistin, and also contains albumin, it is very similar to the blood plasma already coursing through our bodies. This makes it the most easily digestible source of protein that we have ever found.

Why is that so great? It means less waste and greater efficiency. You can eat less and get even more out of what you put into your system.

The article explains that:

Hemp is not unique in having all the essential amino acids in its embryonic seed. Flax seeds also contain all the essential amino acids as do many other seeds in the plant kingdom. What is unique about hemp seed protein is that 65% of it is globulin edistin. That is the highest in the plant kingdom.

Globulins are one of seven classes of simple proteins. Simple proteins are constructed from amino acids and contain no non-protein substances. Globulins are in seeds and animal blood. Edistins are found in seeds: serum globulin is in blood. Edistins are plant globulins. And globulins along with albumins are classified as globular proteins. All enzymes, antibodies, many hormones, hemoglobin and fibrogin (the body converts fibrogin into non-soluble, fibrin, a blood clotting agent) are globular proteins. They carry out the main work of living.

Albumin, globulin and fibrogin are the major types of plasma proteins. Plasma is the fluid portion of blood that supplies nutrients to tissues. And the three protein types: serum albumin, serum globulin and fibrogin, compose about 80% of plasma solids. These plasma proteins serve as a reservoir of rapidly available amino acids should any body tissues be in need.

Raw Vegan Double Chocolate Cheesecake with Hemp Seeds

Ingrediets:

2 cups organic raw walnuts
1/2 hemp seed
10 – 12 pitted medjool dates
1 cup raw cacao powder
2 teaspoons vanilla powder
1 tablespoons coconut oil
Filing:
2 cups organic raw cashews
1/2 cup agave
1/4 cup coconut oil melted
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons vanilla powder
3/4 cup raw cacao powder
5-6 pitted medjool dates

Method:
Lets get this thing made: Place all the base ingredients into a food processor or blender (I use a thermomix). Blend whilst ‘rocking’ the machine back and forth until all ingredients are really mixed together and the walnuts are in little crumb pieces. The mixture should be slightly sticky but a powder type form at the same time. Slightly greased a cheesecake pan with coconut oil and press mixture firmly into the base of the pan and set aside. Place all filing ingredients into your food processor. Blend until a smooth filing mixture is formed. Pour onto of the base and place in the freezer for 1-2 hours until the filing is set. After 1-2 hours you can store the cake in the fridge and it’ll be perfectly fine. Serve with fresh organic berries.

Enjoy

Cannabis is Medicine

“THC found in medical cannabis eliminates brain cancer while leaving healthy brain cells intact.

A study by Complutense University of Madrid found the chemicals in cannabis promote the death of brain cancer cells by essentially helping them feed upon themselves in a process called autophagy. The research team discovered that cannabinoids such as THC had anticancer effects in mice with human brain cancer cells and in people with brain tumors. When mice with the human brain cancer cells received the THC, the tumor shrank. Using electron microscopes to analyze brain tissue taken both before and after a 26-to 30-day THC treatment regimen, the researchers found that THC eliminated cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact. The patients did not have any toxic effects from the treatment; previous studies of THC for the treatment of cancer have also found the therapy to be well tolerated.”

Berry Hemp Pudding

Berry Hemp Pudding with Colostrum & Lecithin

Pudding
Ingredients

1 cup berries

1/3 cup hemp seeds (also known as Hemp Hearts)

1 tbsp Lecithin

1 tbsp Colostrum6 by ImmuneTree

¼ cup water – more if needed for consistency

Juice of fresh lime

Sweeten as needed with Stevia, honey or sugar

Blend all these together and add some lime! Top with Barleans’ Forti Flax, raisins, walnuts or whatever you fancy.

HEMP PROTEIN & KALE SMOOTHIE

HEMP PROTEIN & KALE SMOOTHIE

INGREDIENTS FOR THE HEMP PROTEIN AND KALE SMOOTHIE (FOR 1 TO 2)
3 large leaves of kale, cut into larger chunks
0.8 cups coconut milk, well shaken
1 mango, fresh of canned
0.5 cups almond milk
2 tsp Hemp Protein Powder
INSTRUCTIONS

Ideally most of your ingredients come straight from the fridge, as this smoothie does not contain any frozen items to cool it down.

All ingredients can be mixed at once. You might need to pause in between to press down the kale leaves. Once the texture is smooth and there aren’t any larger kale chunks, your smoothie is ready.

You’ll be amazed how tasty this smoothie is. The coconut milk gives it a rich and sweet flavor, whilst the kale adds a light veggie taste. The hemp protein is unlike any superfood I’ve tried so far, as it adds a more nut-like taste to the mix.

Because hemp seeds are so high in protein, you can consume this green smoothie after a workout too. (Learn more about post-workout nutrition here.)

For more kale recipes, check out my Random Kale Creation Smoothie and my Kale Pasta Sauce. And if you’d like to learn more about the Superfood Hemp, click here.

Health Benefits of Chia, Flax, and Hemp Seeds

Health Benefits of Chia, Flax, and Hemp Seeds
Chia, hemp, and flaxseeds seem to be everywhere these days! This trio of tiny seeds offers an abundance of health benefits, not the least of which are the valuable Omega-3 fatty acids. These seeds aren’t just for those following plant-based diets, but anyone who wants to boost their intake of nutrients. Read on for a brief introduction to these small but mighty super foods, their comparative benefits, and some ways to use them in your daily fare.

Chia Seeds

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Chia seeds are known for their abundance of Omega-3 fatty acids, making them a great alternative from fish oil for vegans. These tiny seeds actually have more of the beneficial fats than salmon. The omega fatty acids can improve your heart health and cholesterol levels, and can be helpful in losing weight. The gel that is formed around the seed with the help of water has no calories and makes you feel more full.
These seeds contain an abundance of antioxidants, as well as complete protein, a rarity in plant sources. They balance your blood sugar and give you steady energy that lasts for hours (a good reason why runners have adopted chia). Chia seeds are also a great source of fiber; they have both soluble and insoluble fibers. You can add these seeds to pretty much anything. Try using them in oatmeal or smoothies. A typical amount is 2 tablespoons a day.

When immersed in liquid, chia seeds form a gel, and make a great egg substitute. To replace one egg, combine 1 tablespoon chia seeds with 3 tablespoons water. Stir together and let stand for 15 to 30 minutes, or until thick and gelatinous.

Chia seeds are amazingly sturdy and rarely get rancid, even if kept at room temperature for months at a time. Still, it doesn’t hurt to keep them in a tightly lidded container or jar in the refrigerator. For lots more information on chia seeds, how to use them, and their benefits, go to Chia FAQ.

A few recipes using chia seeds on VegKitchen:

Nutty Chocolate Protein Bars with Chia Seeds
Chia Breakfast Bowl
Chia Green Super Smoothie

Flax Seeds

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These days, flax seeds can be found in a wide variety of foods. Something often overlooked is that whole flax seeds don’t break down when eaten, they go right through the digestive tract without bestowing any of their many benefits. Make sure you grind the seeds yourself (coffee grinders work well), or use pre-ground flax seeds to get the most value.
Flaxseeds contains lignans, which are chemical compounds that carry antioxidants and enzymes that have many benefits. Flax is also a good source of a type of soluble fiber that helps maintain ideal cholesterol levels. It provides Omega-6 fatty acids and many essential minerals.

Ground flaxseeds can be added to oatmeal, baked goods, smoothies, cereal, and more. Like chia seeds, when immersed in liquid, ground flax seeds form a gel, and make a great egg substitute. To replace one egg, combine 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds with 3 tablespoons water. Stir together and let stand for 15 to 30 minutes, or until thick and gelatinous.

Until recently, it has been necessary to buy whole flaxseeds and grind them in a spice or coffee grinder to get their full benefits. Now, pre-ground flaxseeds are available, making them handy to use without extra preparations. Both flaxseeds and flax oil are highly perishable, so keep them refrigerated. Another way to reap flaxseeds’ fatty acid benefits is by using the oil in salads or dressings (direct exposure to heat damages the nutrients).

Tip: Keep your ground flax in the freezer so it keeps longer and retain nutrients. If you have whole flax, just keep in a sealable bag or mason jar in the refrigerator, as they are highly perishable.

A few recipes using flaxseeds:

Vegaroons (Vegan Macaroons)
Vegan Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Yummy Apple-Flax Muffins
Hemp Seeds

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Hemp seeds are a great addition to vegan and vegetarian diets, as they’re packed with easily digestible proteins and contain all 10 essential amino acids, putting them among the rare plant-based foods that provide complete protein. These seeds are abundant in omega-3 fatty acids, as well as a specific omega-6 fatty acid (GLA) not found in any other food; hemp oil contains even more GLA.
Hemp seeds are high in fiber and are rich in minerals including magnesium, iron, zinc, and potassium. Hemp seeds are very rarely allergens, unlike many other nuts and seeds. And unlike flaxseeds, you need not grind them to reap their benefits. While chia and flaxseeds have the edge in terms of soluble fiber, hemp is higher than the other two seeds in protein. Hemp seeds aren’t as rich in Omega 3 fatty acids as chia or flax, but much higher in Omega 6s, which is not necessarily a benefit, as the western diet is already overabundant in the latter.
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Hemp seeds have a very mild, nutty flavor. As with the other seeds, they’re good in hot or cold cereals, smoothies, and soups, or just sprinkled on salads, casseroles, noodle dishes, or cooked grains. Hemp oil has a strong “grassy” flavor that, though an acquired taste, affords the same benefits and can be used in place of olive oil in cold dishes like salads, but not for cooking.
A few recipes using hemp seeds:

Black Bean-Hemp Protein Patties
Hemp-anola
Hemp Smoothie with Ani Phyo
Here’s a handy chart comparing the major nutrients in chia, hemp, and flax seeds, reprinted from Quick and Dirty Tips:
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Read more at http://www.vegkitchen.com/nutrition/health-benefits-of-chia-flax-and-hemp-seeds/#uFkRKE5U0V6HO0s3.99